Call To Global Action Against Illegal U.S. Occupation Of Guantanamo

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Dear Advocates of Peace, Justice and Peoples’ Sovereignty:

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba by the United States military.

February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantánamo from the Cuban people as a result of the provoked Spanish – American War. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantánamo to United States control.

With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States’ annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and international law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at our Conference Against U.S. Military Bases

(please go to NoForeignBases.org to read full text of the Resolution), we

call upon on our Brothers and Sisters around the world to organize actions against U.S. illegal occupation of Guantánamo and demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from

Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Please send us the information about your planned events so we can publicize them for you on our web site.

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases

January 26, 2018

  • Jon

    While I totally support this reminder and related actions to terminate control over Guantanamo, I wonder how many times I have to alert people to the fact that it was that SAME year the the US claimed to have “annexed” Hawai’i, which recent deep historical and legal research by Hawaiian activists has proven to be a total fraud.The US gained CONTROL, but never did gain sovereignty, not only morally, but legally, as I have documented in some depth in “Liberate Hawai’i!” People rightly pay attention to the occupations of Palestinie and Guantanamo, but it always seems to go over the heads of my left colleagues that Hawai’i is even today (“statehood” notwithstanding) an occupied country. I ask you to PAY ATTENTION to this well documented claim of Hawaiian activists, and ignore it no longer. Hawaiian lives matter!

  • kevinzeese

    We’ve published a handful of articles on this issue.

    It seems sovereignty or independence is not a very popular issue in Hawaii. Is it popular among natives? The area where the education may be needed most is among people in Hawaii!

  • Jon

    Kevin, You could not be so more wrong on this! Thousands of people are fully aware, and the fact that you did not know that, just shows how far you are from understanding. There exists a broad and deep national liberation movement there that is reflected in nearly every demonstration for social justice. I wrote my book to educate AMERICANS, the ones who have no clue, including, it is so evident, almost the entire left in the US.
    The people in Hawai’i know–not all of course, but tens of thousands do. Even in 1993, on the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the legitimate Hawaiian government (not the STATE, i.e. country) 12,000 people came out, my young children and I among them, and the depth and breadth has only gotten larger since then. Media do not cover the issue because there are no bombs or bullets–all diplomacy and education. and of course the US maintains the dishonest position that “it is all a settled question.” I appreciate the articles published, and my critique was not aimed at PR, but the entire US left.